Finance Director

COUNTRY ESTATE & FAMILY OFFICE

DORCHESTER

£70,000 - £80,000 plus healthcare and pensions.  Accommodation is available if required.

Successfully filled

We are working with a most delightful and energetic entrepreneur as he and his family develop a modern country estate with extensive property and land interests plus an exciting and evolving group of trading businesses including a top-end events and wedding venue.

Future plans will see the estate grow by the acquisition of rural land and properties and the development of new and existing revenue streams.  Turnover is expected to reach £5m to £10m in the next few years in addition to substantial value from its land and assets base.  A further development is the establishment of a multi-million-pound foundation to enable the family to continue to support selected charities.  There is a small team of permanent full-time office and estate staff based within the grounds of the family home.

Key to the success of these ventures and the long-term financial security of the family is the new appointment of Finance Director who will be responsible for the professional, efficient and profitable management of the various commercial activities and act as trusted adviser to the entrepreneur and his family.

We are looking for a high calibre and commercially driven finance professional who possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills and who will quickly forge and maintain a close working relationship with the entrepreneur and his family.

Candidates will ideally be qualified accountants with a breadth of experience including setting up and running robust financial controls across a group of varied operating businesses.  Previous exposure to providing guidance on tax planning, trusts, charitable donations and investments will be of interest as will experience of acquisitions and the development of new revenue streams.  This experience is likely to have been gained with a privately-owned group of businesses, and preference will be given to candidates who have previously worked for High Net Worth individuals.

The emphasis of the role is hands-on, and it will require someone who can respond quickly and positively to new ideas with concurrent projects to manage.  There will be the need to be accurate, diligent, organised and tenacious with excellent IT skills.  Confidentiality and discretion are essential.

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